Platypus European Conference 2018
50 Years After '68: Does Socialism Have a Future?
15-18 February 2018
Goldsmiths, University of London
Closing Panel: What
is the Future of Socialism?
18:00-20:00 RHB 137a
(Author; Institute of Globalization and Social Movements)
(University of Frankfurt; Rosa Luxemburg Foundation)
Mark Osbourn (Alliance for Workers Liberty)
(University of Glasgow; Founding Editor, Critique)
Chris Cutrone (School
of the Art Institute Chicago; Platypus)
Moderator: Pam Nogales
The recent polarisation of politics, in the UK manifested
around Corbyn and Brexit, has led some commentators to herald the end of
neoliberalism. This undetermined moment has been welcomed variously as a
potential opening for emancipatory politics, political engagement and a renewed
imagination of 'socialism'. For others, it has been received with belligerence,
as a turn toward a new, populist right. This panel discussion aims to clarify
the range of Left perspectives on the question of the future of socialism
Are we in a moment of stability or instability?
How so? Can we talk, as CNN notes, of an upset equilibrium in the world? (CNN:
“The Trump effect could be all the more pronounced because the political
equilibrium of much of the world has been upset, straining institutions and
assumptions in international relations that have endured for decades. To judge
how much has changed, and why the prospects of 2017 look so uncertain, it's
worth looking back a year.”)
Is there a “re-politicisation of public life …
reviving a culture of political participation and democratic debate”? If so,
what kind of politics are emerging in this moment?
Does the success of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie
Sanders constitute a resurgence of socialists politics today? What is the
character of these socialist politics?
Do you see a future for socialist politics? In
what way would this be a break from the history of previous attempts at
socialism, for example the anti-war movement and the New Left? What are the
political tasks socialists must face today?
Do we still need the dictatorship of the
proletariat? Why or why not?